Beijing's long history has left a large number of cultural relics and interesting historical sites. You many climb the Great Wall, visit the Forbidden City, or enjoy the imperial gardens, tour the Summer Palace, Beihai Park, Fragrant Hills and the Temple of Heaven. If you are interested in ancient culture you can visit numerous former private residences or enjoy Beijing Opera. Museums cover topics from politics to architecture to urban planning to military history.
Top attractions within the city: Forbidden City; Temple of Heaven; Summer Palace; Tiananmen Square
In addition, have a look at the iconic Olympic Stadium (Bird's Nest), National Aquatic Stadium (Water Cube), National Center for the Performing Arts, CCTV Tower.
Top attractions in the suburbs: The Great Wall; Ming Tombs
Parks and Gardens: Beihai Park; Old Summer Palace; Grand View Garden; Jinshan Park; Fragrant Hills; Xiushan Badachu; Joyous Pavillion Park; Prince Gong Palace
Museums and Galleries: Chinese History Museum; Chinese Science and Technology Museum; Chinese Millitary Museum; Yanhuang Art Museum
Temples, Mosques and Churches: Yonghegong Lamasery; Tanzhesi Temple; Jietai Temple; Temple of Azure Clouds; Wofo Temple; Ox Street Mosque; Big Bell Temple; Christian Churches: South Cathedral - Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin ; The Northern Cathedral - Church of the Sacred Heart; St. Michael's Church; The Eastern Cathedral - St. Joseph's Church;
Shopping Shopping is changing almost daily in Beijing, as the economy develops and new joint ventures open. Ask the concierge of your hotel for suggestions.